The death toll from Ebola has risen to 31 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as the government, the United Nations and other partners are scrambling to contain the deadly virus before it spreads to other parts of this mineral-rich nation.
Independent medical sources have also reported that 58 people are currently infected in the village of Jera, some 1200 km north-west of the capital Kinshasa, where the disease is still confined and being dealt with by medical specialists from various parts of the world.
However, the government remains defiant despite the real threats facing the country.
“I must assure you that there is no Ebola in the capital Kinshasa,” city mayor André Kimbuta Yango said, calling on the city’s population to remain calm and urging the media not to resort to sensationalism about the disease.
The UN has put aside US$1.5 million to help fight the disease – just one-third of the amount requested by the DRC government.